Hello everyone. I'm new here and i've looked around in most of the forum now and have learned a lot of new information for my project of building a PC for the first time.
I went to a computer convention today and I had a thought. For those that might think about long lasting computers, would it be wise to (assuming you could afford it) go for a 2xx series Opteron processor and get a Tyan motherboard that do have 2 or more physical CPU slots on board and use one of them for now. Then maybe as applications become more demanding 5+ years from now, you could then get another Opteron 2xx matching CPU and install the other one for a total of two processors on board?
I'm just thinking that investing in this way pretty much assures your motherboard and CPU to last a VERY long time. Also for each CPU, that CPU can address up to 4 GB of RAM...so that's about 8GB total? /ohmy.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ohmy.gif' />
What are your thoughts on that idea? It's something that crossed my mind, not neccesarily going to do it.
If your time frame is 5 years, then no, I wouldn't agree. I'd say get a dual core S939 1xx processor now and in 5 years get whatever is current or only 1 generation old. In 5 years, as they say, "everything you now know will be wrong" so to count on an upgrade to 5 year old hardware and thinking it will then be current is somewhat, how shall I put it,...crazy?
Just 1 caveman's opinion!!
2 X 250 "E" Opterons, S2895 A2NRF (K8WE) beta bios 1.01T 4 X(2x 512MB Matched) Corsair 3200 Reg ECC(TWINX1024RE-3200LLPT) nVidia 6800GT, LSI 320-2X U320 Raid (512MB ram Onboard!!) 7 X 15,000 RPM U320 Drives, XP Pro SP2 PC Power & Cooling 850 SSI IT WORKS!!! AND IT'S TYAN'S TECH SUPPORT THAT DID IT!!!!
No matter what you buy today, in 5 years it will be a fossil. With relative performance continuing to double every 18 months or so, 5 years represents 3 complete product cycles, or an eternity in the computer business.